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Telegraph Herald cartoon series depicting prominent business leaders in Dubuque c. 1906. Photo courtesy: Neal Sprengelmeyer
Photo courtesy: Jim Lang
Jewelry box. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Store interior. Photo courtesy: Jim Lang
L. S. Hopkins. Photo courtesy: Jim Lang
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
The English may not be precise, but the thought counts. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding

HOPKINS AND WITTY. Hopkins and Witty was started in 1896 by L. S. Hopkins and Joseph Witty who had been employed by the A. Knight Jewelry Company. They operated their business for twenty-five years at 864 Main.

With the death of Joseph Witty, L.S. Hopkins purchased his partner's interest and the store was renamed in 1923 to the HOPKINS JEWELRY SHOP.



"Change Firm Name Hopkins & Witty," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, April 1, 1923, p. 9